Hi friends. I hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and your new year is off to a good start! Personally, this is the longest stretch of time I have taken off of work ever! It has been great to get some R&R and spend quality time with family.
It has also forced me to slow down and learn how to enjoy having free time. You would think this would be easy but when you train your body to be on from 9-5 (usually more) every day it can be challenging to shift out of the “must always be doing something” mode. Something to work on in 2017!
I am dedicating my first real post in the new year to ghee! If you are a health junkie like me then you are probably already incorporating this gem into your diet. If not, let me share with you a few reasons why you should check it out.
First of all, what is ghee? Ghee is also referred to as clarified butter. It is a popular ingredient in Indian cuisine. Ghee is essentially butter but the milk solids have been boiled out to remove the lactose and casein. Removing the allergens makes it suitable for those with sensitivities to dairy like me.
You can use ghee the same way you would use butter. It has a high smoke point like avocado and coconut oil making it great for cooking at high temperatures. I love to slather it on a baked sweet potato or melt a little to pour over my vegetables before roasting. I use it in soups and clean dessert recipes. The possibilities are endless!
Ghee is wonderful for healing your gut! It contains butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid which supports your intestinal lining and helps to reduce inflammation. Sign me up! I find ghee to be less salty than regular butter so you can always add a little sea salt to your dish if necessary.
Most health foods stores carry ghee. I use the Organic Valley brand featured below. You can also make your own which I have yet to do. Being highly sensitive to dairy, I feel better leaving it to the pros.